courses

Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Sometimes we forget that learning is not just for children. Lifelong learners are open to learning every day of their lives. They seek, develop, and use skills to meet the ever-changing challenges of our world. Lifelong learners can inspire others to explore and learn, creating benefits for both themselves and their families. This course will open new doors in your journey as a lifelong learner.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Creating a Digital Portfolio

This short course was originally designed for learners preparing for secondary school credit, who need to develop the skills and knowledge required to complete their Senior PLAR Portfolio. However, this course is also recommended for learners with a post-secondary or employment goal since it focuses on development of an electronic portfolio. In the development of a portfolio, learners will also work through a process of reflection and goal setting.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Creating Your Digital Footprint

In this course you will find out what a digital footprint is and how one is created. You will explore the different reasons people communicate online and look at some online communication tools. Don't worry if you don't know what any of those terms mean yet. You will by the end of the course.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Creative Writing: Telling Your Story

Sometimes we forget that writing can be a joy. Through a series of fun writing exercises and inspirational readings, you’ll remember (or discover) how much fun Creative Writing can be! You’ll gather useful tips on how to make your personal stories and journal entries more interesting and readable. You’ll also learn how to create a character, how to plan a fictional story, and how to structure your story to entice your reader. Clear lessons and printable worksheets will help you brush up on word choice, sentence structure, sentence variation, and punctuation. As well, you’ll be guided to try new methods of proofreading and editing your work. The topics and practice components in this course can also be used as preparation to write the GED Language Arts test. If you’ve always thought you might have a story to tell but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you!

To take this course you need to be able to read a simple article at a newspaper or magazine level, and to write a basic sentence to describe an event. You’ll also need to be able to type at least 8 sentences in a row.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Credit or PLAR - History & Geography Prep

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your knowledge of History or Geography to get ready to take a high school credit course or write the 9/10 Hisotry PLAR or 9/10 Geography PLAR assessments.  *NOTE – Level of curriculum assigned will be based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Credit or PLAR - Science Prep

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your knowledge of Science to get ready to take a high school credit course or write the 9/10 Science PLAR assessment.  *NOTE – Level of curriculum assigned will be based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Credit or PLAR – English Prep

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your reading and writing skills to get ready to take a high school credit course or write the 9/10 English PLAR assessment.

*NOTE – Level of curriculum assigned will be based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Credit or PLAR – Math Prep

Register for this curriculum if you want to upgrade your math skills to get ready to take a high school credit course or write the 9/10 Math PLAR assessment.  

*NOTE – Level of curriculum assigned will be based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

GED - Introduction to GED Science (Live Class)

The GED Science Test examines your ability to understand and interpret science information from text, diagrams, charts and graphs. Take this class to learn more and work through sample questions with an instructor. Questions involve all areas – Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science.

OALCF Levels: A1.1-A1.3, A2.1-A2.3, A3, B1.2, B2.1, B3.1-B3.2, D.1-D.2

GED - Introduction to GED Social Studies (Live Class)

The GED Social Studies Test examines your ability to understand and interpret informational text, diagrams, charts and maps. Take this class to learn more and work through sample questions with an instructor. Questions involve all areas – Canadian History, World History, Civics and Government, Economics and Geography.

OALCF Levels: A1.1-A1.3, A2.1-A2.3, A3; B1.2, B2.1-B2.3, B3.1; D.1-D.2

GED Prep - Writing a GED Essay (Live Class)

Get ready to write your GED Essay. Learn how to read the essay question and plan your response. We will teach you strategies for organizing your essay into paragraphs and will explain how your essay will be marked. Ace the essay with this class!

OALCF Levels: A1.1-A1.3, A2.2-A2.3, A3, B1.2, B2.2-B2.3, B3.1, B4, D.1-D.2

Goal Setting - Discovering Your Goals

I’m not sure what I want to do with my life, but I want it to be great! Sound familiar? Then this goal-setting course is for you. You will ponder your dreams, consider your values and talents, and examine your needs, commitments, and challenges. Then you’ll have the chance to set a goal and form a plan of action to pursue that goal. This course is full of useful tips on making choices, researching options, and weathering the ups and downs of your journey. Discovering your goals is a giant step towards reaching your potential in life and work.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Introduction to SABA (Live Class)

This class is for first time users of the SABA program. If you are taking a SABA Class on the LearningHUB, we recommend you take this class first. We will practise using the communication tools including the microphone, text chat and participation icons. You will also learn how to use the markup tools and practise using them on the Whiteboard. If this course isn't available before your SABA Class is scheduled, a playback of the session should be watched so you are ready for your first class. 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A2.1, A3, B1.2, D.1-D.2

Learning Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Everyone learns differently and some people face academic challenges because of learning disabilities. This course introduces students (and teachers) to common learning disabilities and useful learning strategies. Students will learn about the challenges students with learning disabilities face and then discover helpful learning strategies that help them succeed.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize specific disabilities
  • Use recommended learning strategies
  • Overcome academic challenges
  • Implement accommodations
  • Use adaptive technology

 

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessm

Manage College: College Readiness Tips

This course helps students prepare for college but is also helpful to students preparing to take credit courses. Often students move from work, upgrading, or high school without fully understanding the skills they need to succeed. Students can start college with confidence by developing skills in the following areas:

  • Time management and organization
  • Classroom and online learning
  • Textbook reading and effective note taking
  • Studying and remembering
  • Overcoming obstacles

 

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Memory and Study Tips for Students

Remembering information is important in school and in the workforce. This course helps students develop the memory and studying skills they need to succeed. Students will learn how information is transferred from short term memory to long term memory and then used to recall information. Students will learn how to:

  • Develop memory skills
  • Use memory and studying tools
  • Understand how and what to study
  • Create effective study material

 

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Personal Growth (Bundle)

Register for the Personal Growth Course Bundle if you are looking for a grouping of course material to help support you in the achievement of your goals. You will select from the following to create a package that fits your needs:

Goal Setting - Ponder your dreams, consider your values and talents, and examine your needs, commitments, and challenges. Discovering your goals is a giant step towards reaching your potential in life and work. Maintaining Healthy Self Esteem - Healthy self-esteem is something we all work on over our lifetime. In this course you will develop methods for increasing your self-esteem and maintaining it through times of stress. Learn tips on keeping your self-esteem intact while navigating the sometimes rough waters of life, on and off the job!

Self Exploration – My Dream Career - Understand the difference between a job and a career, identify current skills and knowledge, learn about barriers to employment and identify a dream career. Self Exploration – My Role Models - Explore the qualities of a good role model, your own personal qualities and what you want to work on to be a good role model.

Self Exploration – How I Communicate in Different Places - Understand how different generations communicate and the key factors in effective communication. Feel more comfortable communicating in a group setting and begin to understand how to improve your communication skills.

Self Exploration – Examining My Online Identity and Digital Media Use - Learn about your online identity, discuss how to protect yourself online and the use of digital devices and media in your life. Creative Writing—Telling your Story - Through a series of fun writing exercises and inspirational readings, you’ll remember (or discover) how much fun Creative Writing can be!

*NOTE – All curriculum is levelled and is assigned based on the results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Progressive Spelling 1 (Live Class)

This spelling course covers short and long vowel spelling patterns using bigger words. Learn about double consonants + “le”; and about doubling final consonants before adding “ing” or “ed”. Learn the one consonant + “le” rule. Learn about some common consonant blends: wh, th, sh, ph, ch, and sometimes gh (silent). Learn how to use a thesaurus to help you expand your vocabulary. 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A2.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Progressive Spelling 2 (Live Class)

This spelling course covers more consonant blends at the beginning of words: bl, pl, cl, thr, spr, spl, cr, pr. It also covers consonant blends at the end of words: sk, ck, ll, nk, lk. Learn how to combine vowels together to make long vowel sounds in words. We'll end by reviewing some difficult words to spell.

OALCF Levels: A1.1, A2.1, A3, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Self Exploration: Examining My Online Identity and Digital Media Use

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will learn about your online identity, discuss how to protect your online identity with secure passwords, look at the uses of digital devices and media in your life and talk about evaluating online information.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Self Exploration: How I Communicate in Different Places

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about how you communicate in different places. At the end of this course you should be able to: understand how different generations communicate, understand key factors in effective communication, feel more comfortable communicating in a group setting, begin to understand how to improve communication skills and identify your current skills and the skills that you need to work on.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Self Exploration: My Dream Career

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about dream careers. At the end of this course you should be able to: think about what your dream career is, consider what some of your barriers might be and research your dream career.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Self Exploration: My Role Models

Learners should have a basic familiarity with computers before taking this five module course. In this course, you will be thinking and talking about role models. At the end of this course you should be able to: talk about the qualities of a good role model, explore the qualities you have that would make you a good role model, explore the qualities that you can work on to be a good role model.

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.

Spelling Made Simple 2 (Live Class)

This beginner course gives you more spelling basics. Learn about long vowel sounds, long vowel spelling patterns, the silent “e” at the end of a word and about vowel blends like EE, EA, AI, OA, OO. Learn about different ways to spell the “K” sound and ways to spell words ending in “C” and “Y” and “O”. Build your vocabulary by learning more about word families. 

OALCF Levels: A1.1, B1.2, B2.1, D.1-D.2

Steps to Success

Some learn best by watching or reading, some by listening, and others by trying things on their own.  Our favourite way to learn is called our preferred learning style and knowing your style can help you learn better. This course will help you identify your learning style, and will provide strategies to use that take advantage of your preference.  You will learn how to use memory strategies like mnemonic phrases or images.  Online learning is very different from classroom learning.  This course helps to identify learning challenges and obstacles and how to cope when faced with a challenge.   The goal of this course is to help you explore strategies for managing time, reaching out for help, setting goals and monitoring your learning.  

*NOTE – Learner Eligibility/Suitability for this course will be determined based on results of an intake assessment completed during the registration process.
 

Writing an Essay

If you are working toward a high school credit or assessment or preparing to write the GED test, you need to know how to write an essay. In this course, you will 

  • identify parts of a 5 paragraph essay
  • read writing prompts and learn how to answer them
  • use strategies like brainstorming and organizing to plan your essay
  • draft your own thesis statement as well as introduction, body and concluding paragraphs
  • revise and edit your essay draft

 

Don't let essays scare you! Take this course and learn the skills, step by step.